Cancer Full Moon

This evening, Thursday the 12th of January 2017, we greet our first Full Moon for the year, and a powerful one it is ~  we find the cardinal signs (Cancer Capricorn Aries Libra) in hard aspect to one another, creating a cardinal Grand Cross, and our awareness is brought to the various opposing forces ~ conflicting interests that exist in life for each of us.

There are times when we feel helpless overwhelmed in the face of all that life demands of us… how can we balance the inner and outer life? How do we find harmony between my desires and your needs? Home versus career ~ me versus we…

Is it even possible to juggle all the expectations we have? I don’t know.

Lola Jean, my little Crab, at Moses Rock ~ circa 2014

The attainment of a state of homeostasis is a constantly shifting exercise in adaptation, perfected in one moment only to be dashed in the next.

Analogous with this human conundrum is our very being… from the outside, a body appears relatively static stable solid, but the truth is that we are made up of countless perpetually moving particles that work tirelessly in maintaining our illusory solidity and a physical state conducive to survival. Each cell is in a constant state of flux, allowing for the inflow of information + nourishment and the evacuation of that which is no longer supportive of health. Each cell is responsible for its own sustainment, its contribution to the body small but significant

Just like us.

Cancer represents our feminine (not female) feeling nature, granting access to our feelings and emotions. With maturity we find the value and benefits that come with honouring our inner experiences and needs in wholesome and responsible ways, (providing the necessary self-care) we become less susceptible to low-road crabbiness.

Cancer’s defences can be hair-triggered, undermining intimacy trust and connection. Moodiness, an oft-employed and especially insidious method of defence can be damaging as we allow our moods to define and limit us, and manipulate and control others. To be overcome~possessed by emotion is to be at the mercy of the feminine (NOT female) shadow. If we are wise, we will recognise the signs and act to rectify the imbalance signalled by such intensity ~ by honouring the needs that cry out now for attention. We must be honest with ourselves, and dig deep to find the source of frustration, without blaming others, and then act in support of our return to equilibrium.

Comfort sought within soothes the suffering, but so often we seek solace in the outer world and in others ~ to no avail. High-road Cancer leads us home, within to the portal that avails us to our provenance. Where we make space in our life for such regular homecoming we will be rewarded ~ with a sense of replenishment

Tonight’s Full Moon illuminates the pressures stress anxiety suffering that can result from this demanding modern life. Cancer knows the value and wisdom in periodic retreat inward ~ from which we are able to refill our cups and so give more genuinely generously graciously, to others, to the outer world.

Capricorn New Moon

 

Monte Carlo on Grand Prix day

The final New Moon for 2016 (Thursday 2.54pm AWST) occurs in Capricorn ~ cardinal earth sign of the seagoat ~ a mythical powerhouse capable of traversing vast oceans and scaling high mountain peaks! With a formidable work ethic, patience, method and discipline, anything is possible for Capricorn!

Thus we must choose wisely our course of action, and consider the motivations behind our goals. Though I posed this question in my last post, I feel as though it is distinctly Capricornian and worth repeating…

To what and whom do we owe our allegiance?

Capricorn can be duty-bound to a fault, leaving no room for inspiration spontaneity or feeling. The Saturnian nature of the sign represents not only commitment and order, but rigidity and thus fragility.

Things that don’t bend, break.

When we are doggedly attached to our goals, ideals, principles, concepts we allow no compromise, no willingness to adapt, no space for receptivity. A self-defeating basis from which may come much heartache. So often, that which we pursue is an illusion. We work so hard to climb corporate ladders, give the impression that we are free and easy, mingling in desirable social circles, appearing as if we are fulfilled as we post carefully selected images of our #blessed lives. None of this is real.

How much of our lives are spent keeping up appearances? How often do we do things that we do not want to do? Are we dreading many of the things that we are bound to comply with? What is it that compels us to maintain an unhealthy level of busy-ness? When examined closely, is it our own anxiety that we aim to quell as we control-freak our lives and micro-manage others’?

We are each responsible for our own lives, and often for the lives of others as well. In reality, people do depend upon us. Duty calls ~ responsibilities beckon. Deadlines must be met. Bills paid. Children fed, clothed, nurtured. Time and space are limitations imposed upon our human form and we can only do our best to work within our particular parameters. Given this, what can we do to nourish the seed within?

In what small ways can we honour ourselves and the gift that is life?

Personal responsibility is an underrated virtue. When we accept that every single moment in our lives has the potential to teach us something, and the more challenging life is, the more potential we have to learn and grow, personal responsibility becomes something of a super-power. Rather than giving our power away by blaming projecting scapegoating we find superior strength in finding a way to use our struggles to our own advantage. We evolve. We prosper.

Saturn and the Capricorn archetype teach us that we do what we can. We take the steps, put our best foot forward, make an effort and … the rest is in the lap of the gods. When we meet our responsibilities we feel a sense of self-respect that cannot be feigned. This feeling of intact integrity is invaluable ~ beyond status wealth worldly success notoriety fame fortune.

As Capricorn urges us on into the new beginnings of a new year wherein anything is possible, let us invite that which helps us feel increasingly resilient strong whole, not dwelling upon any sense that things are futile frustrating foisted upon us.

As 2016 comes to its end, and we turn our attention to the future, the ongoing reflective influence of Mercury’s retrograde phase encourages the adjustment of our aims and actions. This New Moon’s intention ~ to contribute in whatever ways we can manage to our own individuation and the building of our legacy, in alignment with our flexible and evolving MO that resonates within, and with a view to release that which is no longer supportive of our growth, to co-create our own wonderful destiny.

This is what I wish for you as I bid adieu for 2016 ♥

Mercury retrograde fusion

Tonight (Monday the 19th December) heralds the beginning of Mercury’s three week retrograde trip from mid-Capricorn to the final degrees of Sagittarius.

Always, Mercury retrograde provides a chance to reflect. Far from the (useful but limited) mundane interpretation whereby we are warned to expect delays and postpone contract confirmation etcetera; retrogrades are so beneficial when we work with them. They present opportunities for the emergence of hidden material, bubbling to the surface of consciousness, allowing for deepened understanding of multifaceted variables at play.

Mercury retrograde has taught me that delays, though often frustrating and incomprehensible, most often favour us. It is usually only in retrospect that we are able to see just how significant the right timing can be in the development and discovery of our paths forward. We can push push push for things to be the way we imagine that we want them to no avail. Then, seemingly effortlessly, life flows easily in magical ways, and we arrive at our destin(Y)ation.

The conservative nature of Capricorn pressed upon by the long Plutonian passage (2008 until 2024) marks a phase of metamorphosis…

Collectively we can observe this in the sometimes dramatic changes occurring in financial markets worldwide;

~ as well as apparent social change ~ global demands for the powers that be bureaucracy gov corporations power moguls to display authenticity truth transparency integrity are palpable among our youth and the young at heart alike;

~ and shifts within our collective psyche towards ownership of psychological baggage that, unchecked, remains burdensome and weighty, are clear as our shadows dance across screens tuned to news just in.

When Mercury comes around we might make use of this so-called personal planet ~ the planet of the mind ~ to bring consciousness to the shifts we ourselves experience thanks to Pluto’s challenging demolition~renovation operation.

Mercury’s approach to Pluto will be thwarted by the three week retrograde cycle that will see us into the new year ~ 2017. It won’t be until the end of January that Mercury will finally catch up to Pluto and usher in our deepened psychological understanding of where we are at as 2017 begins. Who have we become? And where do we we intend to go from here? Where are our Sagittarian arrows of meaning and intention aimed?

Sunset on Wednesday (AWST) heralds the Solstice (Sun into Capricorn) ~ we might consciously surrender to the Summer, prioritising rest and repose for a time, and remaining open to incoming new information that helps us to refine our vision.

Capricorn wants to build ~ leaving tangible legacy of our existence ~ but we can inadvertently spend our lives taking direction from an ill-deserved doyen of un-truth. Working-class heroes fooled into accepting the only way to live is to sell our souls jostling for pole position within the rat race. Always working harder longer faster in hot pursuit of dangling carrots moveable feast goal-posts that never truly deliver the satisfaction fulfilment contentment peace that we hope they will.

“You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store”                          Merle Travis

To whom~what do we owe our allegiance? Capricorn’s dutiful inclinations can lead us to believe we must outsource our inner oracle, as though we do not ourselves have direct access to the same information as sages prophets gurus messiahs. But we do.

We have within us an author~ity

“to thine own self be true”

As we persistently ignore our inner wisdom we are sending the message that we prefer someone (whomsoever we delegate our power ~ boss parents partner children peers…) to chaperone us through life. It is not until we step up to accept responsibility, honouring our own truth, that our authentic voice vision becomes clear.

As we work, expending effort, let it be in alignment with our own author ~ the presence within that knows our personal myth~story and collaborates with the cosmos to illuminate it for us (synchronicities symbols images messages dreams ~ clues abound!) so that we might bring it into the world. As a gift. And a tangible legacy of our existence 🙂

Gemini Full Moon

Wednesday the 14th of December (8.07am AWST) delivers the final Full Moon of 2016 at 22° Gemini~Sagittarius. Life is rich with meaning with a healthy Sagittarius expression, and healthy Gemini supports this with highly developed skills of perception and data collection.

Gemini represents the dual nature of things ~ black & white dark & light bad & good ~ upon closer inspection, as we learn grow evolve, we find that the lines separating us n them blur. We start to discover that things are not always clearly black and white, but more often grey. But it is helpful at times to discriminate between the polarities and it would be foolish and naive to insist that there is no such thing as right and wrong, right? Although if we consider it for long enough… 😉

Gemini says “I think”

The human mind is active by nature, always seeking something to do, paradoxically easily distracted with a tendency to become fixated upon thought patterns that are not necessarily healthy. This is why Buddhists encourage the use of techniques to cultivate mindfulness. When left to its own devices the mind will wander, aimlessly and seemingly harmlessly, free associating its way through days weeks years, allowing for the reinforcement of unhelpful neurocircuits and thus karma

Learning to harness the power of the mind is so beneficial because

with our thoughts we make the world

Life is largely experienced between our ears ~ a matter of perception above all else. Becoming aware of the subject of our incessant rumination concentration deliberation speculation cogitation contemplation meditation is worthwhile. The energy focussed hereupon will manifest, though not necessarily in the ways we expect or desire.

Energy flows where attention goes

Chiron’s influence upon this lunation is meaningful too ~ consider how we allow our tales of woe and wounding to inhibit our evolvement. The stories we repeat ad nauseam aloud or on a silent loop as we go about our business… how we’ve been wronged and by whom… the things we wish we’d said/would say if we had the chance/courage… imaginary encounters confrontations meet cutes… it goes on

and on.

So yes, we’re wounded, one and all. Learning to accept ourselves in all of our imperfection liberates us from the tyrannical illusion of faultlessness. Truly it is our flaws that keep us real, and grounded, and connected to one another, and grateful. In humility we are always learning, finding compassion and forgiveness as we recognise our own hidden shadows in the perceived shortcomings of others.

As Mercury slows down in preparation for a retrograde trip all the way back to late Sagi, we can allow the brightness of this Mercury-ruled Full Moon to shed light on those well worn cerebral pathways and begin to discern how these help and hinder our forward motion. Are we giving our power away by lingering too long on old thought forms? Are we living our truth and aligned with our vision? On track to a future that excites and energises us?

With practice we will undoubtedly improve, so we do well to examine our thought practices ~ habits tendencies patterns routines ~ since our best indicator of our future is our present… does it feel like a gift?

“Wise enough to carry the scars without any blame there’s no one to blame its easy to forget what you’ve learned waiting for the thrill to return feeling your desire burn and drawn to the flame… I don’t pretend to know what you want but i offer love”

Neil Finn

Sagittarius New Moon

dscf0341Tuesday evening’s (8.20pm AWST) New Moon heralds another monthly renewal ~ this time in Sagittarius. As always, we have a choice as to where we aim our arrows of intention

Sagittarius seeks truth and meaning, and both can be found within each of us, and as well in the living cosmos that swirls around us. As we tread our unique paths, leaping or inching forward, or being hurled apparently backwards by powers beyond our control, the universe of which we are an integral part showers us with gifts of beauty and grace amid the chaos. Reminders of the magical and loving presence that exists within you ~ without you

“And to see you’re really only very small and

life goes~flows on

within you and without you”

George Harrison

Sources of inspiration and comfort abound in the natural world ~ sunsets landscapes minute details upon snail shells and in countless new Spring blossoms the quiet of underwater the roar of the waves as they crash on the beach ever-changing skyscapes busyness of bees and birds restfulness of midday kangaroos the companionship of animals the aloofness of animals unimaginable autumn colours hazy summer mirages on the horizons beyond our reach a surprise crescent Moon at dusk, or dawn

Divine attempts to encourage us as we encounter the devil’s own distraction discouragement despondency derailment in myriad forms on journeys in pursuit of our own truth

truth that is both universal and individual

We can find truth by looking at the natural world around us, the cycles and movements, the processes we each endure as living beings, and the inevitable endings that will come to us all at some unknowable time. So much wisdom can be gleaned from observation of the rhythms of life. And so much perspective can be found when we recall our innate time limit and remember to value our lives NOW

There is also truth to be found in stories ~ myths and legends ~ metaphors ~ traditional teachings of olde… we can find parallels between our own experiences and those of our ancient ancestors, and may also find the answers we seek.

And of course there is the quiet truth that dwells within each of us, and resonates with the truth of lore and nature. The tiny something inside that just knows

The Greek concept of parrhesia ~ the fearless sharing of truth with others, in spite of the potential fallout = lost friends, damaged relationships, criticism, derision, punishment, exile. The parrhesiastes makes their own opinion known, shunning rhetoric and politick, speaking freely as a matter of duty.

The truth can hurt, as we all know. And sometimes we really don’t want to know. If we are to tell truth, we must also be prepared to hear truth, and it may not always align with the image we have of ourselves. But if we hear and carefully reflect upon others’ perspectives we can learn things we never knew before, even things about ourselves! Our own perceptions are broadened deepened diversified and we grow expand develop evolve

As we release the personas opinions concepts ideologies doctrines to which we cling so nervously tenaciously, we find another Sagittarian gift

~ freedom

If we can release our attachment to being right, and to being viewed as right, and offer our truth lovingly kindly mindfully, irrespective of the ways in which it is received ~ being true to ourselves without being affected by the opinions of others ~ we are aligning with high road Sagittarius.

When we accept the temporary nature of this human form, and find the heartbreak and hilarity in the mountains molehills mundanities, knowing that in the end we all succumb to the same modest finale, returning to our source ~ we are all made of stars (I wince typing that Moby line but he was telling the truth)

During closing comments of the 1994 documentary Tibetan Book of the Dead narrator Leonard Cohen insightfully says, “seeking the truth and practicing compassion – that is the way that life becomes meaningful”. These words capture the essence of the Sagittarius New Moon square Neptune in Pisces. Life becomes profoundly meaningful and rewarding as we become conscious participants in it ~ co-creators. And as we recognise our own and others’ shared frailty, love pours forth, it grows and grows, we understand that to release blame pride righteousness is to find peace and an abundant supply of compassion forgiveness humility tenderness

And can’t we all do with more of these

Taurus Uber~Moon

Ferdinand the bull
Ferdinand the bull

Tonight’s (9.53 AWST Monday 14th November 2016) Taurus SuperMoon is the mother of all Full Moons! Not since 1948 has she come so near in her Fullness, and we won’t be so close again until 2034! A visual spectacle to be sure, but what of the energy…?

This Full Moon offers us the opportunity to glimpse the ways in which we enable our own forward motion, or not. How do the resources we cultivate allow our going forward as co-creators of our lives? Or not? How do we allocate our resources? Time, money, energy, effort… how do we prioritise our chosen pursuits? And what motivates us in these choices? Honestly.

So much of life is spent in mundane reality. There are bills to pay, mouths to feed, dishes to do… an unending loop of mortal coil. To aid in our functioning we forge efficient routines, habits, grooves, ruts. We can live within the safety of routine for a long time, habitually replaying our moments and our thoughts. Forever if we forget to wake up. Life can become a relentless working week, or similar.

Often, we must work to the rhythms of others (children, employer, partners, friends), perhaps neglecting our own. As we lose contact with our own needs we become increasingly disconnected from our innate fixed earthy feminine (not female) Taurean wisdom

Taurus rules our inner security ~ high road Taurus takes us from possessive materialism that attempts to buy our sense of contentment to the land of peaceful self-sufficiency via connection to our own physical bodies ~ being fully in our bodies and nourishing our physical needs with premium sustenance, hydration, movement, rest, repose

Through consciously engaging with what our bodies need in any given moment and honouring those needs in deed we supply our material form with the energy it requires to carry us through our mundane days, working towards our hopes and dreams, living with presence and an attentiveness to our inner lives where we find

life is rich with meaning that transforms our reality

Too, Taurus helps us to acquire the resources (skills) we need to patiently slowly steadily bring our dreams into manifestation. Greek God Hephaestus has been linked to Taurus; Melanie Reinhart writes,

“Like Chiron, Hephaestus was wounded… [he] represents a creative energy which does not turn in upon itself and destroy its own potential in response to the pain of having been rejected… Hephaestus enables others to express their own individuality and their selfhood, or their inner divinity, and this gift is part of his own individuality. He is dedicated to his craft despite being wounded. He refuses to be crushed by rejection and humiliation, but instead honours and expresses his own creativity… [he] represents the potential, through self-respect and perseverance, to turn one’s area of woundedness into a place from which fine creativity can issue.”

The illumination offered at this Full Moon asks us to consider our Scorpionic darkness yes, but as well, to find our inner warrior Pallas Athene ~ goddess of wisdom ~ who will empower embolden inspire us in our journeys onward toward individuation, toward finding our innate source of inner security, toward wholeness. There may be battles, within and without, as we remain true to our selves. This path of authenticity is not easy, but the only path that promises true fulfilment beyond the mere material ~ we find our serenity in the quiet knowledge of having lived in alignment with our own values. Peace be with youse 🙂

Reference: Reinhart, M. 1998. Chiron & the Healing Journey. Arkana.

Scorpio New Moon

During the wee hours of Monday morning (31st of October, 1.39am AWST) the Lunar cycle concludes, and momentarily commences in the sign of Scorpio… most of us will be sound asleep in this part of the world, but perhaps that’s the best place to be…

asleep and dreaming ~

receiving messages of divine import direct from our unconscious

Scorpio symbolises our unconscious and the shadow (things of which we are ashamed, because we believe they are bad, and so suppress) as well as darkness~occult~taboos~sexuality~death… all the things we’re discouraged from discussing in polite conversation, even discouraged from thinking about in our formative years! So, we stuff all our fears, worries, shadow behaviours deep within our unconscious psyche…    where they can’t hurt anyone…?

Lol. I suppose that’s the idea! If we don’t think or talk about the scary stuff, it can’t hurt us… right? Lol. Again.

The unconscious doesn’t evaporate for lack of attention. It remains within us, driving our meat-covered-skeletons through this world of form~time~space, offering reminders via our physical and mental health  (depression, anxiety, rage, resentment, guilt, shame…)

It also lives in the outside world, beyond us, manifest in myriad forms ~

projected upon others >                                                                      terrorists politicians celebrities cons crooks baddies in-laws our children

televised on the nightly 24 hour news as endless war struggle strife pain anguish suffering

Generally, we can assume that if we feel strongly about something, and we tend to judge others for it, somewhere within us we will find that same energy. It might be hidden in the darkest corners of our psyche… the skeleton in our closet… but it will be there, and it will be responsible for many of the events AKA lessons we require, to face our own shadows, and to evolve towards wholeness.

Beneath the enchanting streets of Paris dwells the crumbling bones of those passed over... the Catacombs
Beneath the enchanting streets of Paris dwell the crumbling bones of those souls passed over… the Catacombs

For example, perhaps we judge others for being lazy (unemployed idle couch potato zombie overweight et al). Inside us exists the very same urge, perhaps a secret desire for slothful hours with nought to do but eat chocolate, drink wine and watch The Bachelor! We will also find anxiety about being judged as lazy ourselves, and fear of loss of control ~ a compulsive need to maintain what we perceive to be control and power.

But the unconscious has the last lol

Not only are we deluded in our belief that strict adherence to non-lazy lifestyle choices makes us better people, we are also unwittingly attracting lessons and teachers that will challenge us in ways that can be painful and troubling (physical and mental health problems), frustrating (teachers masked as bothersome-types we prefer to dissociate from), and humbling or humiliating as we face the ever-expanding truth of who we are.

Our repressed unconscious can wreak havoc with our lives. So, it is in our best interests to get acquainted with our unconscious, and a great way to begin is with dream work: a direct line to our unconscious’ most pressing concerns! Perhaps during the Scorpio Dark Moon on Sunday evening, before the REM sets in, make a conscious request for meaningful messages from the dream realm and see what comes. As soon as you wake, make a note of everything you remember of your dreams, no matter how random or seemingly non-sensical, and make a decent effort at interpretation*. I hope the skulls don’t give you nightmares 🙂

Scorpio holds our secret special powers, and, for so long as we deny the accompanying shadows, we aren’t privy to its formidable strength… “it is our light~hero~bliss, not our darkness that frightens us…” Now, with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Black Moon Lilith, and asteroids Hygieia and Juno all in Scorpio we are fully empowered in our efforts to know our unconscious.

“Your bliss can guide you to that transcendent mystery, because bliss is the welling up of the energy of the transcendent wisdom within you. So when the bliss cuts off, you know that you’ve cut off the welling up; try to find it again. And that will be your Hermes [Mercury] guide.” Joseph Campbell

The rulers of the New Moon remain in wide conjunction in Capricorn, though Mars is separating from Pluto now, boldly forging the path forward as their new cycle commences. We must consider our own paths upon which we journey into our unknowable futures

~ recognising the potential~significance~obligation of blazing our own authentic trails. The establishment of a new paradigm demands that we each honour our own truth and live it

We are called to fearlessly commit to being true to ourselves

To do this we must know what we want, and this year has served us well in discerning our own needs desires aims intentions purpose

But we must also know who we are ~ not limited to our egoic perceptions of who we think we are or what we’d like to be or what we look like et al…

To truly know ourselves is a dynamic ongoing process that enables our vision and our path to come clear and in our immersion of self knowledge we suddenly realise that there can be no question, no doubt, no possible alternative other than to live our lives our own way

The New Moon is conjunct Mercury and trine the Lunar South Node~ Neptune in Pisces, so the integration of our shadows in conscious and healthy ways are informed by awareness of our less-healthy past tendencies. No ostriches in sight! We welcome the insights that arrive in our daily lives, helping us to know ourselves and transcend our egoic limitations

Travelling onward~inward towards wholeness 


*Re: dream interpretation. It is a very personal and empowering process that yields much wisdom and insight into our lives and our Self(s) 🙂

The method I use is derived from Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson’s technique outlined in his wonderful book Inner Work. There are four steps:

1. Write down your dream in as much detail as you can manage

2. Note the symbols that stand out within the dream, for example a colour you see, or a person, or a place

3. Write down your own personal associations with the symbols you have noted. For example, if I dream of the colour red I then write down all the associations I have with the colour red. Or, if I dream of the ocean, I write down my associations with the ocean. Remember to always remain true to the original symbol; we’re not free associating down a rabbit hole

4. Make a ritual of the dream’s message. Once you’ve worked through the symbols, distilling them into a meaningful message, create a simple ritual to honour the message. Perhaps you buy a lipstick in the same colour red as was in your dream, or visit the beach with a symbolic offering (crystal, stone, drawing etc). This brings it into concrete reality

Enjoy

Aries Full Moon

My Libra Sun ~ Aries Moon baby girl blazing a trail
My Libra Sun ~ Aries Moon baby girl blazing a trail

This weekend’s Aries Full Moon is edgy, with potential for genius insights, unsettling awakenings and anything in between. The nearby presence of Uranus and Eris suggest that we ought to expect the unexpected and, in preparation for the dark overtones, cultivate impulse control.

Uranus’ mutinous urge to individuate is not always fit for public consumption. And Eris’ poor social skills of mythic proportions see her eternally exiled. Other planetary heavy hitters throwing their weight around this weekend include power trippers Mars and Pluto scaling the peaks of (Mt.) Capricorn; Black Moon Lilith treading the dark waters of Scorpio, Saturn relentlessly driving home his Sagittarian point du jour in attempts to keep us North (Node) bound…

But where is the light of this lovely Moon?

We look to (not directly at) the source of life ~ the Sun ~ to find our middle road that leads us to Libra high country! Pursued by Mercury and Jupiter, recall that clear communication, optimism and courtesy take us a long way this weekend… we catch more flies with honey. Although I don’t know why we want to catch flies?

Remember to breathe

be kind and

stay calm

Libra New Moon

The Libra New Moon occurs on Saturday 1st of October 2016 (8.11am AWST). The Sun and Moon are at 8° Libra and nearby at 4° we find benevolent Jupiter. Such an auspicious New Moon this is! And it has depth too.

Venus is the ruler of the lunation, and she is conjunct Lilith in Scorpio. Another reminder of our inner feminine ~ soft receptive yin processes coupled with the self-assuredness of inner knowing. There is an awakening of this powerful force occurring and this New Moon presses for the increased awareness of the neglected (and thus often angry) unconscious feminine. As we integrate feminine power, we come to know her mercy.

Scorpio represents the dark in all its complexity. Nothing is as it appears. Light allows us clarity of vision, but sometimes robs us of the subtlety of feeling. In the dark it is the only way forward, to feel our way.

The Sun~Moon~Jupiter square Mars and Pluto in Capricorn. There is strength and power here. It is important for us to know what we truly want as these two planets conjoin later this month, for such misdirected energy has the power to harm. Mars’ exaltation in Capricorn adds fervour to our mission: we now begin to implement our long-considered plans and Mars spurs us on supportively.

Neptune and the Lunar South Node remain in conjunction in Pisces ~ our efforts at releasing that which no longer serves us are supported now. The Dark Moon in Virgo helps us to discern what these things might be… habits, relationships, attachments, the past, limiting “stories of me”

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Libra seeks balance. Implicit in balance is a midpoint, a midline, a middle road. And as we journey towards establishing our own balance~ homeostasis ~ equilibrium we must first experience imbalance. We experiment and evaluate, investigate and appraise in an ongoing (potentially exhausting) human trial and error display that takes us to extreme and polar ends of the spectrum of life.

During an Equinox meditation with Sol W. Jonassen I was struck by the concept of the midline (third eye~heart~solar plexus). Throughout this mediation she reminded us to return to our midline. I found this simple act of going within and knowing my own centre point to be very supportive.

I have been using it since then in my daily life, trying to remember to come back to my midline during the day. When things become frustrating or boring or crazy or challenging in any way it becomes particularly helpful. I have used other methods to ground myself in this way in the past (usually breathing deeply) but these often require time and space that is not always realistic (what with The Cherubs underfoot). This little idea has been so beneficial to me…

here’s what I do: I shut my eyes and put my attention on my inner third eye or my heart chakra, or maybe both if I have time, and something happens… there is space… inner space… and at the same time there is comfort… I feel better.

A tiny reminder of the middle way…

not cowardly or reckless but courageous

not loose or rigid but flowing

not resistant or resigned but accepting

not aloof or possessive but engaged

not narcissistic or martyred but authentic

not right or wrong but learning

not attachment or aversion but love

For so long as we are genuinely doing our work we are on the right track, so let us journey on friends ♥

Pisces Full Moon

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Jellyfish washed up on Smiths Beach

The Full Moon Eclipse in Pisces conjunct Chiron occurs on Saturday the 17th of September at 3.06am (AWST). Pisces ~ the Fishes ~ submerged beneath the waves of a sea of consciousness~god~source ~spirit~anima mundi or, as Jung put it, the collective unconscious ~ that which eludes our rationalist scientific modern-world perception. A potentially healing Full Moon, adorned with opportunity and fraught with dangers ranging from penetrating clarity and fearless moments of awakening and release to violent rage and damaging loss of self.

Neptune is the planetary ruler of this Full Moon, and too in the sign of Pisces. Within us all exists the Pisces~Neptune archetype, and so there is a part of each one of us that yearns to return to Source, to become One With All That Is, to escape the limiting concrete reality in all its Saturnian rigidity, connecting to something bigger than ourselves. So often, in this secular society, we find our Oneness in escapism. To dull the separation anxiety suffered as a result of our disconnection from spirit, we anaesthetise ourselves with various substances, distractions and indulgences.

Neptune is a prominent energy throughout 2016, and this Full Moon Eclipse highlights the pertinent manifestations for our consideration and integration. Importantly, Neptune is conjunct the Lunar South Node in Pisces, lending an ethereal vibe to our retrospective view of the past. As we look back we might be tempted to don rose-tinted glasses, perceiving times gone by as something they were not. Fundamentally, with the South Node we consider the low-road options in depth as they represent our unconscious~default tendencies. With Neptune, we know these are slippery and tempting, as they offer escape from the pain of our reality, but at such great cost.

Cue the eternal realist Saturn (square Neptune and the Lunar Nodes) persistently pushing us to see things clearly. To look back with less nostalgia and more equanimity, less delusion and more compassion, less blame and more forgiveness ~ allows us to go forward with more purpose, clarity, courage, power, maturity, wisdom, strength…

Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and his presence in (conjunction with the Full Moon in) Pisces invites us to heal our spiritual wounds. This process is painful. The challenges are many. The more we uncover, the more there is to uncover. But far from it being licence to moan, resigned to our lot in life, it is this work that will lead us to our healing, our truth, our bright future, and our own personal god experience.

Chiron’s movement through the zodiac explicates our best medicine for the moment, lest we become embroiled in our own tragedy. Pisces medicine unequivocally equates to spirituality. In true homeopathic style, the source of our pain contains the remedy to our ills. Our collective road to healing is one that leads us closer to the divine dance, wherein we are simultaneously honoured + honouring ~ creation + creator. Our source of spiritual nourishment needn’t be religious in nature, but certainly requires us to find the sacred in life, and humility enough to show reverence for it.

At the apex of a T-square between the Sun~Mercury in Virgo and the Moon~Chiron in Pisces is Mars in Sagittarius. Having moved on from the post-retrograde conjunction with Saturn ~ courage of our convictions ~ Mars now picks up the pace heading for Capricorn. First though, his augmentation of this Eclipse adds an aggressive dimension to this somewhat yin~centripetal lunation. Its a juggle! As we inwardly try to manage the strong mutable energies we feel confused, perplexed, bewildered. With Mars in such a position of power, we can shoot off at the mouth ~ shoot from the hip as our anxiety gets the better of us. Rather, defuse Martial agitation with benign physicality ~ adventure ~ new horizons ~ fresh perspective in the fresh air ~ nature

Adding further unpredictability to the mix is Uranus+Eris in Aries trine Mars. Eris is the “newest” trans-Neptunian dwarf planet, named after the goddess of discord. Displeased at having been excluded from an Olympic wedding, shit-stirrer Eris cast an apple scribed with “to the fairest” at the feet of three chatting party guests ~ Pallas Athene, Aphrodite and Hera ~ invoking discord as each goddess naturally believed herself to be the fairest. Zeus delegated the responsibility of settling the quarrel to Prince Paris of Troy, who eventually (having secured the rights to Helen the most beautiful woman in the world) chose the corrupt Aphrodite.

The addition of Uranus and Eris to Mars’ already belligerent influence leads one to believe we might expect a certain amount of unpredictable discord in our lives presently. But Eris’ influence is one that, despite her reputation, belies some benefits when we do it right. While she is renowned for revelling in the suffering of others she aint all bad. And as always, we cannot merely reject these troublesome parts of ourselves, we must work to find a way to consciously express them. Discord isn’t always unwarranted. And competition isn’t inherently bad. At its best it inspires greatness, diversity and creativity.

So, at the culmination of this eclipse season, may we each find our high-road leading us to a future that nurtures our soul’s evolutionary intent. Keep the faith, if we build it, well you know 🙂 Once more, I borrow from Michael Leunig…

“God bless the lost, the confused, the unsure, the bewildered, the puzzled, the mystified, the baffled, and the perplexed. Amen.”